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All ELC news stories are archived here in reverse chronological order. They are also categorized by state in the menu on the left, with New Jersey further broken out into separate subject areas.

APPELLATE COURT UPHOLDS AND CLARIFIES CHARTER CAMPUS RULES

Published on: November 12, 2014

A NJ Appeals Court upheld the NJDOE regulation allowing "successful" charter schools to open a "satellite campus" in "former Abbott districts," but the Court also issued several important clarifications of the rule.

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ELC PRESSES NJ TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE SPECIAL EDUCATION

Published on: November 6, 2014

ELC is calling on a State task force to address several urgent barriers to improving delivery of special education for New Jersey’s 220,000 students with disabilities.

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Trial in NY Small Cities School Funding Lawsuit to Start in January

Published on: October 28, 2014

After waiting six years, the parents and children in eight NY, high poverty, low wealth school districts will finally get their day in court in Maisto v. New York, known as the “Small Cities” case.

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NJDOE FAILURE TO UPDATE SCHOOL FACILITIES PLANS VIOLATES LAW

Published on: October 28, 2014

Administrative Law Judge Ellen Bass has ruled the NJDOE violated state facilities law and regulations by failing to require NJ’s urban districts to revise their long out-of-date school facilities construction plans.

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ELC PRESSES TO ENFORCE NY CONTRACTS FOR EXCELLENCE

Published on: October 21, 2014

ELC continues efforts to hold NY education officials accountable for implementing the Contracts for Excellence Law, a crucial component of the State’s obligation to ensure all students a sound basic education.

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NJ COULD HAVE OVER 130 CHARTER SCHOOLS, NOT 87

Published on: October 15, 2014

Following the revelation by the Attorney General that NJ has many more charter schools than the 87 in the DOE's official count, a preliminary investigation by ELC shows that the number of operating charter schools is well over 100 and could exceed 130.

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NJDOE EFFORT TO BYPASS SAFEGUARDS IN CHARTER LAW CHALLENGED BEFORE APPEALS COURT

Published on: October 9, 2014

ELC’s pending challenge to the NJDOE's attempt to circumvent basic safeguards in NJ’s charter school law was argued this week before a panel of Appellate Judges in Newark.

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NEWARK CONTINUES TO DELAY SERVICES TO HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, PROMPTING STATE ACTION

Published on: October 1, 2014

Over two and half years after a court-ordered settlement, a July 2014 compliance report again shows almost no progress by Newark Public Schools NPS in improving the delivery of services to students with disabilities.

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